Pine Grove Trip
Sunday morning, September 11, 2016, was the start of a fantastic week for our group of 50 heading to PineGrove Ranch and Family Resort located in Kerhonkson, NY.
It was a week of fun and enjoyment among friends with numerous daily activities such as tennis, bocce, mini golf, shuffleboard, basketball, archery, ping-pong, badminton, to name a few, which kept everyone busy throughout our stay. Other activities included trivia contests, bingo, dance lessons, nighttime entertainment, campfires, arts and crafts and more. A few of the group dare devils spent some of their time horseback riding.
No one could complain about lack of food. In fact, there were comments that there was too much food. We were provided three full meals a day with a wide menu selection. If you became hungry in between meals, there was a snack bar available featuring burgers, hot dogs, French fries, nachos, ice cream and more. Even with the comment of there being too much food, it was noticed that no one ever missed a meal.
After breakfast on Friday we boarded our bus for the trip home with fond memories of our wonderful week.
Finger Lake Wine & Sail
Our trip to the New York Finger Lakes region began on October 4, 2015 as a group of 44 departed St. Ephrem’s parking lot by bus. The Finger Lakes region is one of great beauty with its lakes, gorges and rolling hills. Our visit started on the Colonial Belle Erie Canal Cruise. While cruising, we saw historic homes, several engineering feats and experienced the locks as we passed through one of the 57 barriers that level the water by 566 feet from the mighty Hudson to Lake Erie. Following the cruise, we visited the Casa Larga Vineyard, located at the top of one of the highest points in the Finger Lakes, to participate in a wine tasting event. Our next adventure was a driving tour of Letchworth State Park, renowned as the “Grand Canyon of the East”. It is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. Next, we travelled to Canandaigua Lake for a cruise aboard the “Canandaigua Lady”, a replica of a 19th century paddlewheel steamboat. We then enjoyed wine tasting and dinner at Belhurst Castle. As we departed for our trip home, we stopped at the renowned Corning Museum of Glass for a self guided tour including the Hot Glass Show by the artists.
PA Grand Canyon
On May 27, 2015, a group of 25 ventured by bus to visit the PA GRAND CANYON, while staying in Mansfield, PA. Pennsylvania’s own natural wonder, 50 miles long and 1000 feet deep, embraces 300,000 acres of state owned forest land. A covered wagon ride took us along the Pine Creek on what was once an Indian path. Following the wagon ride, we traveled to Wellsboro, PA where gas-lit streets and Victorian mansions seem vaguely reminiscent of Massachusetts and Vermont because the town was founded by New England colonists in 1806. The next stop was Williamsport, PA for a driving tour of Williamsport’s Historic Millionaire’s Row. This once exclusive part of Williamsport is where the lumber barons built their homes in the mid – 1800’s. Finally, we took a leisurely cruise along the Susquehanna River aboard the Hiawatha, a replica of the vessel that graced the Susquehanna waterways during the 1800’s. Following the cruise, we departed for home with fond memories of western Pennsylvania’s foliage and spectacular Grand Canyon.
MYRTLE BEACH CHRISTMAS
Christmas season started for a group of 33 on November 16, 2015 when our bus departed St. Ephrem parking lot for Myrtle Beach. After a long day on the bus, we finally arrived at Long Bay Resort Hotel in Myrtle Beach. Over the next two days, we saw several Christmas themed shows. These included: Legends in Concert Christmas Show; Alabama Theater’s “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”; Palace Theater’s “Christmas Wonderland Holiday Show”; and finally “Carolina Opry’s “Christmas Special”. Whether eating at a dinner show or a restaurant, food was plentiful. On Thursday, we departed Myrtle Beach for Fredricksburg, Virginia. After checking into our hotel, we departed for the Riverside Dinner Theater for dinner and an evening performance of “MAME”. On Friday, we departed for historic downtown Fredricksburg for a guided city tour to learn of its early history and early residents. We then departed for home with hopes of continuing our Christmas season celebrations.